P85M re­al­lo­cated for mar­ket, slaugh­ter­house re­pairs

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The Iloilo City Coun­cil yes­ter­day passed a res­o­lu­tion al­lo­cat­ing P85 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of city-run mar­kets and slaugh­ter­houses.

“Our city’s pub­lic mar­kets, [in their] present state, there’s only lit­tle im­prove­ment,” the City Coun­cilor Ar­mand Parcon-spon­sored res­o­lu­tion stated. “Our [slaugh­ter­houses] are pro­gres­sively de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.”

The pol­icy called the fa­cil­i­ties “vi­tal pub­lic util­i­ties,” adding, “[Their] premises must be kept clean, safe, and con­ducive for the gen­eral pub­lic at all times.”

Mean­while, City Coun­cilor Joshua Alim sug­gested a de­vel­op­ment plan for all pub­lic mar­kets.

“There should be a com­pre­hen­sive or de­vel­op­ment plan for all mar­kets be­fore we start the ball rolling,” he ex­plained.

The city of­fi­cial also pro­posed re­align­ing the an­tic­i­pated P500 mil­lion loan in­tended for a sports arena and spend­ing it on the mar­kets.

“We have al­ready au­tho­rized the mayor to ne­go­ti­ate that loan,” he added.

The said P85 mil­lion was ini­tially nixed from an ear­lier pro­posed sup­ple­men­tal bud­get./

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